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New York Gov. David Paterson said today he doesn't agree with the Obama administration's decision to try five 9/11 suspects, including self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in New York City, partially because New Yorkers are "having trouble getting over" the attacks.

"This is not a decision that I would have made," Paterson said according to the Daily News.

"Our country was attacked on its own soil on Sept. 11, 2001, and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack," he said.

"It's very painful. We're still having trouble getting over it. We still haven't been able to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all of New Yorkers," he said.

The governor did, however, promise to fully cooperate with the federal government.

In the thick of the Democratic presidential primary, a top operative offered up John Edwards' withdrawal from the race and endorsement - on the condition the person he endorsed would offer him a spot on the ticket.

David Plouffe details the deal that "a senior Edwards" adviser" tried to ink before the South Carolina primary, spilling the beans in his book "The Audacity To Win."

Plouffe, then campaign manager for Barack Obama, was worried after the New Hampshire loss and polls tightening in South Carolina.

He said that the rival Edwards camp was in trouble and wanted to make a move with either Obama or Hillary Clinton while Edwards was "at a point of maximum leverage."

In this portion of the book, Plouffe hedges a bit, saying he's not sure Edwards was aware of the effort's specificity.

But he also has direct quotes, suggesting he documented the conversation.

Read the excerpt after the jump.

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November 13: President Barack Obama embarks on a major trip to Asia, where he'll confront issues like Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament, climate change and the economy. Here, Obama is pictured arriving at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for a two-day visit.

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November 13: Obama meets with newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (center right)

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November 13: Obama and the prime minister hold a joint press conference. Obama uses the opportunity to commend the 50-year-old alliance between the United States and Japan, and to urge cooperation between the two nations.

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November 13: The diplomatic mission adjourns to the prime minister's official residence, where it appears a round of sake is on the house.

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November 14: At Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Obama gives a speech on US-Pacific policies and calls himself America's first "Pacific President."

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November 14: Obama leaves the stage at Suntory Hall.

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November 14: Obama bows to the Japanese Emperor and Empress before having lunch with them in the Imperial Residence. The bow ignited controversy among some right-wingers.

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November 15: A U.S.-Russia meeting in Singapore. Here, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shake hands.

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November 15: Obama and Medvedev meet. After the meeting, both sides agree on their frustration with Iran's lack of engagement with the nuclear issue.

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November 15: Obama's schedule is full of meetings -- this one the 17th meeting of the APEC Economic Leaders, at the Istana -- the Singaporean President's residence.

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November 15: Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao after an official dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit in Singapore.

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November 15: Obama arrives in Shanghai to begin his first state visit to China.

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November 15: A girl presents a bouquet to Obama after he arrives at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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November 16: Obama meets with Yu Zhengsheng, secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, at the Xijiao State Guest House in Shanghai.

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November 16: Obama with Zhengsheng.

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November 16: Obama delivers a speech at an event with Chinese youth at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Obama answers questions about internet access, among other things.

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November 16: "I am a big believer in technology and I'm a big believer in openness when it comes to the flow of information. I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas. It encourages creativity," Obama said.

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November 16: Obama greets students after the event.

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November 16: Obama arrives in Beijing.

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November 16: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Obama upon his arrival in Beijing.

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In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin said that she wasn't expecting her now-infamous sit-down with CBS News anchor Katie Couric to be difficult -- and that she didn't do preparation for what she thought would be a "light-hearted" sit-down between two working moms.

"You do say that it wasn't your best interview," said Winfrey. "Were you prepped for that interview?"

"Not so much," Palin said, "because it was supposed to be kind of a light-hearted, fun, working mom speaking with working mom, and the challenges that we have with teenage daughters. So it was supposed to be more light-hearted."

In the actual interview, Couric asked Palin about her policies and John McCain's policies -- with the infamous moment, among others, when Palin said she would try to find examples of McCain favoring more regulation of Wall Street, and would bring those examples to Couric.

Staffers at the now-defunct gay newspaper Washington Blade say they will regroup and try to continue with a new venture after being unceremoniously fired today.

Earlier, Politico reported that Blade editor Kevin Naff said he and others would meet tomorrow about starting a "new venture."

He also spoke to reporters at the Blade's newsroom, while staffers cleared out their desks, according to the Washington City Paper.

"We're going to take a day off to pack, and then dust ourselves off and get back to work," he said.

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A new Rasmussen poll in Minnesota finds that former Sen. Norm Coleman is far and away the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor of Minnesota in 2010 -- even though he's not actually in the race at this time.

The numbers: Coleman 50%, former state House Minority Leader Mary Seifert 11%, and other candidates in single digits.

The Democratic race is a tie between Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and former Sen. Mark Dayton at 30% each, with other candidates in single digits.

Coleman, of course, lost the heavily-litigated 2008 Minnesota Senate race to Democrat Al Franken. Coleman had initially led by 206 votes before the recount, out of about 2.9 million ballots cast, but the recount result put Franken ahead by 225 votes. Coleman contested the election in court, putting the Senate seat in legal limbo for six months, with Franken finally winning by a certified margin of 312 votes.

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman tried to reopen the NY-23 race this afternoon. Two weeks after he conceded defeat to Rep. Bill Owens (D), Hoffman attempted to take it all back in an interview with Glenn Beck.

Beck who championed Hoffman during the race, asked Hoffman if he regretted conceding in the wake of new poll results that show him losing to Owens by a narrower margin than was projected on election night. Some Hoffman supporters have held out hope that the 10,000 absentee ballots currently being counted by election officials in New York could reverse the election night result, which saw Owens become the first Democratic representative from the district in over a century.

Today, Hoffman seemed willing to oblige their fantasies.

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During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin explained her infamous gaffe from the 2008 campaign, when Katie Couric asked what newspapers and magazines she reads, and Palin responded that she reads "all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years." And Palin said that she was annoyed at someone asking about what people in Alaska read.

"Now obviously, you've read books and magazines," said Winfrey. "Why didn't you just name some books or magazines?"

"Well, and obviously I have of course all my life read. I'm a lover of books and magazines and newspapers," said Palin. "By the time she asked me that question, even though it was kind of early on in the interview, I was already so annoyed, and it was very unprofessional of me to wear that annoyance on my sleeve."

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A new CNN poll finds further evidence that Americans don't think Sarah Palin is qualified for President -- and that Hillary Clinton, the country's other top woman in politics, is qualified.

The numbers on Palin: qualified 28%, not qualified 70%.

By contrast, the same question was asked about Hillary Clinton -- and 67% of Americans say that she is qualified to be president.

Among Republicans only, 54% say Palin is qualified, and 44% say she is not.

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